Historically the BMW M3s are very quick in the rain and this weekend proved that to be true once again.
Watkins Glen, NY (June 28, 2015) - Fall-Line Motorsports had a taste of redemption at this weekend's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen International after struggling for results in the first three races of the 2015 season. The duo of Trent Hindman and Ashley Freiberg were hoping to make it back on the podium at one of their favorite tracks, and that wish came true with a solid second-place finish.
A combination of intense testing and development of the BMW M3 at Watkins Glen earlier this year, the AOP adjustment that IMSA set in place before this weekend's race, and a strong drive in the rain from both Ashley and Trent all contributed to the end result. Historically the BMW M3s are very quick in the rain and this weekend proved that to be true once again. The pit crew also performed a flawless pit stop in very difficult conditions.
Ashley started the race in 8th position and drove incredibly well to move up to P3 before pitting. Trent took over and got into the groove immediately in the horrible conditions and continued the move forward and got as far as second-position before a brief red-flag period. The race ultimately never went green again and we finished under a yellow condition.
The #46 car sits solidly in 4th place in Championship standings, just 7 points outside of the leaders. With six races remaining, the Championship-defending team is very much still in the fight.
#46 IHG Rewards Club/ Trim-Tex Drywall Products/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:
Ashley Freiberg: "What a day. It was great to drive in the rain again; it's been a while for me! I am really happy with second place; Fall-Line made our IHG Rewards Club/ Trim-Tex BMW wicked fast in the super wet conditions, so it was fun to move our way toward the front! It's a bummer that we couldn't finish the race under green to try and fight for the win, but we will take it! Let's go for that win at Mosport!"
Trent Hindman: "It's such a great feeling to finally be back up on the podium. As soon as the rain starting coming Saturday morning, I knew we had an excellent chance to win because our M3 is an extremely strong car in the wet. Ashley drove a very clean, smart stint and that was massive. It was unfortunate that the race ended under yellow because I genuinely felt we would've been able to work our way past the 6. I'm so proud of our Fall-Line crew, and as always a huge thank you to Trim-Tex, IHG rewards club, and Top 1 Oil. We're going to be charging hard to get that win in Mosport."
Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "It was great to get back on the podium. The Fall-Line Motorsports IHG Rewards Club, Trim-Tex BMW took to the rain like a duck to water with both Ashley and Trent driving exceptionally well in very tricky conditions. The Fall-Line crew did a marvelous job this weekend and with perfect strategy we were able to compete for the win. Unfortunate that the race ended under yellow as we feel we had a real shot at the win. It was especially exciting to perform well as we had both BMW and IHG Rewards Club on-site to share in a great podium finish. Now we move across the border to CTMP where we will be happy to see more rain."